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WHAT: Meeting of Celiacs of Baton Rouge, a gluten intolerance support group WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 WHERE: EBR Main Library, 1st floor conference room, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge INFORMATION: (225) 766-8872 DETAILS: Meeting is for adult patients and parents of children who cannot eat wheat, rye, barley and contaminated oats.… Continue reading →

Garden news: Hedges offer beauty, privacy

Photo by ALLEN OWINGS, LSU AgCenter  Tall-growing sasanquas can be planted close together to form an attractive hedge.

Hedges can be attractive and functional additions to landscapes. From only a few feet to as much as 15 feet tall, they may be clipped for a formal look, pruned to control size and shape or allowed to grow into their natural form. Winter is a great time to plant a hedge, says LSU AgCenter horticulturist… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What is Binswanger disease?

What is Binswanger disease? Binswanger disease is a type of dementia caused by extensive, microscopic areas of damage to the deep layers of white matter in the brain. White matter atrophy also can be caused by many circumstances, including chronic hypertension, as well as age. This damage results in the thickening and narrowing of arteries… Continue reading →

With holiday parties here, social anxiety can be debilitating for many

For Kirstin Willis, the holidays used to be a tough time. The senior at Tulane University suffered from debilitating shyness. The social whirl typical of Christmas and the New Year filled her not with cheer, but with dread. With a party ahead, Willis would suffer symptoms of social anxiety. “My voice gets shaky sometimes, and… Continue reading →

Couple turns to crowdsourcing to pay for fertility treatments

Advocate staff by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    When Mary Claire and Will Stickle were struggling with infertility, Margo Matthews, center, took to crowdsourcing to raise the money for in-vitro fertilization. The Stickles are now pregnant with twins.

In November 2014, Mary Claire and Will Stickle’s struggle with infertility had hit another roadblock. Having tried for a year on their own, the Stickles had sought medical treatments for another year, also without success. So, they participated in the Baby Steps 5K, a fundraiser that brings public attention to infertility and offers a round of… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What is meant by AIDS dementia complex?

What is meant by AIDS dementia complex? Sometimes called ADC, HIV-associated dementia or HIV/AIDS encephalopathy, AIDS dementia complex is caused by the HIV virus itself, yet it is not clearly known how the virus damages brain cells. It is thought that the damage to the brain is a result of a weakened immune system enabling infections… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: Should you change what you eat during holiday season?

I will be in cancer treatment this holiday season. Should I change anything about what I eat? Consider the side effects you’re experiencing and what foods can help alleviate them or what foods you should avoid. If you are hosting the dinner, you will be able to control what you cook. If other people are creating… Continue reading →

Alheimer's Q&A: Does Parkinson’s disease progress to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia?

Does Parkinson’s disease progress to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are both common in the elderly, especially in those over 85. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder which results from nerve cells in the brain not producing enough of the chemical dopamine that regulates movement… Continue reading →

Health calendar for Nov. 30, 2015

WHAT: Survivors of Suicide Support Group WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Additional meetings on Dec. 8, 15 and 22 WHERE: Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, 4837 Revere Ave. Baton Rouge ADMISSION: Free INFORMATION: Call Dr. Margo Abadie at (225) 924-1431 for an intake interview. Other information, email the center at info@brcic.org or call… Continue reading →

Health calendar: Smoke-Free Week kicks off Monday; GriefShare holds special meeting on 'Surviving the Holidays'

WHAT: “Red Beans and Rice” show to kickoff for Smoke-Free Week in East Baton Rouge Parish WHEN: 6-9:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 WHERE: Boudreaux and Thibodeaux’s, 214 Third St., Baton Rouge INFORMATION: healthierairforall.org DETAILS: The Michael Foster Project will play for this show, which promotes Nov. 16-21 as Smoke-Free Week in… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What is meant by reversible dementia?

What is meant by reversible dementia? More than 50 conditions can cause or imitate the symptoms of dementia. A small percentage of dementias are reversible, meaning the symptoms subside and the underlying problem is treated. Traumatic head injuries, occurring from accidents, such as car wrecks or falls, assaults or from sports, such as boxing or… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: Is there screening for lung cancer?

Is there screening for lung cancer like there is for other cancers? There are screening guidelines for lung cancer, but they are for those considered high risk. The current guidelines recommend screening, via a spiral CT scan, for those at a high risk based on age and smoking history. Those individuals who should get screened… Continue reading →

Health calendar: HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge meets; healthy holiday recipes topic of diabetes group session

WHAT: Meeting of HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge, a support group for anyone affected by chronic illness or pain, physical, emotional, visible or invisible. WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 WHERE: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge INFORMATION: hopekeepersbr/wordpress.com or (225) 337-1633. DETAILS: The group is nondenominational; all are welcome.… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What are some tracking devices for those with Alzheimer's who have wandering behaviors?

What are some suggestions for tracking devices for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia who have wandering behaviors? Wandering in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is very common, and can be dangerous. Six in 10 individuals with Alzheimer’s disease will wander. Many tracking devices are on the market to create a safe and secure environment… Continue reading →

Health calendar: Epilepsy support group meets, free HIV testing available this week in Baton Rouge

WHAT: COPD overview with Dr. Robert M. Chasuk WHEN: Noon Tuesday, Nov. 3. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Baton Rouge General Physicians-Family Health Center, Gehringer Conference Room, second floor, 3801 North Blvd., Baton Rouge RESERVATIONS: 1 (800) 561-4127 or visit peopleshealth.com/wellness DETAILS: Event is free and open to the public.… Continue reading →

Rice, gumbo, po-boys: Chef John Besh creates healthier versions of south Louisiana favorites

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Chef John Besh narrates while cooking healthy shrimp etouffee during a seminar on healthy cooking Thursday sponsored by the Baton Rouge General. BRGH dietician Teri Keller Johnson, left, listens while Besh explains his process.

Chef John Besh is famous for creating authentic south Louisiana dishes with all the roux and sausage our style of food demands. With his family’s health in mind, the restaurant owner and television personality works to create more nutritious versions of Cajun and Creole classics. “We have to make healthy also taste good,”… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: What should I know about oral cancer?

What should I know about oral cancer? Oral cancer is cancer that forms in any part of the mouth or throat, which includes the lips and tongue. Oral cancer is divided into two types of cancer — oral cavity and oropharyngeal. Oral cavity cancer starts in the mouth; oropharyngeal cancer develops in the throat… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Alzheimer’s group to host Day of Memories

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area is holding several events, including A Day of Memories on Sunday at Perkins Rowe, to mark November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. A Day of Memories is an awareness event meant to provide those with Alzheimer’s disease and their families a dementia-friendly space to enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment.… Continue reading →

Dreams Come True Organization getting set for debut style show

Photo by PATRICIA GANNON -- Nine-year-old Eddie Paul Bearb shows off his Dreams Come True certificate for a trip to Hawaii to visit Pearl Harbor. With him are, from left, parents Eddie Paul and Peggy Bearb, Tiffany Guidry and her mother,  Dreams Come True Executive Director Becky Prejean.

On Nov. 22, Dreams Come True will debut their Kids on the Katwalk, and Eddie Paul Bearb, of Cankton, will be one of those walking the runway. Eddie Paul intends to go to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to become a pilot when he’s able. A military history buff at the age of… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What does a 'dementia-friendly community' mean?

What is meant by a “dementia-friendly community”? According to the Alzheimer’s Society, a dementia-friendly community is one in which people with dementia are empowered to have aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can contribute and participate in activities that are meaningful to them. Most people with Alzheimer’s or dementia become isolated at home, feeling as… Continue reading →

What does triple negative breast cancer mean?

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Dionna Chambers, of the American Heart Association, with her disco fever prop,  talks with participants during the American Heart Association 'Hands-Only CPR' tour's stop at the Southern University Ag Center.

What exactly does it mean to have triple negative breast cancer? During initial diagnosis of breast cancer, doctors will perform tests to search for the presence of three receptors or proteins in the cancer cells. These receptors are the estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. A positive result for one… Continue reading →

Is there a connection between Alzheimer’s disease and high blood pressure?

Is there a connection between Alzheimer’s disease and high blood pressure? High blood pressure or hypertension occurs when either systolic or diastolic pressure remains elevated over time. Uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to heart disease, kidney damage and stroke and is linked to the increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia. In a Johns Hopkins 2013… Continue reading →

Even though South Louisiana becomes Allergen's Paradise during fall, you don't have to leave state to ease allergies

MetroSource file photoFall allergies are usually caused by ragweed and mold, doctors say.

Fall in Louisiana means football, a break from humidity and lots of sniffling and sneezing. Seasonal allergies arrive as the leaves begin falling and the ragweed pollen starts to fly. Allergies don’t let up in south Louisiana just because the temperature cools down, said Dr. Sami Bahna, chief of allergy and immunology at LSU Health… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: How does light affect someone with Alzheimer's or dementia?

How does light affect someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia? Studies by researchers at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York showed that light therapy tailored to increase the circadian stimulation during the day benefitted individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia living in long-term care settings. Produced by natural… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: Do individuals with Alzheimer's disease feel pain?

Do individuals with Alzheimer’s disease feel pain? Alzheimer’s disease does not cause pain itself, but a person with the disease can experience pain from other sources. It is a great challenge to assess if the affected person is having pain because of the obstacles he/she faces in communication. There are, however, signs… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A: Are there different types of breast cancer?

Are there different types of breast cancer? There are many different types of breast cancer. In general, breast cancer is either noninvasive or invasive and originates in one of two parts of the breasts — the lobules or the milk ducts. If the cancer is noninvasive, or in situ, that means the… Continue reading →

Follow these tips to stay healthy while eating out

Photo provided by ButterballSet up a Sweet Potato Bar and let guests select the toppings for their baked sweet potatoes.

We love to eat out. Americans, on average, consume about one-third of their calories away from home, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and we spend about $50 billion a year in restaurants. Those who eat out more often are more likely to gain weight, studies… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Autism Speaker seminars to give tips for law officers, caregivers

When Dennis Debbaudt trains law enforcement officers about working with people who have autism, he never says exactly what a person with the disorder “will” do. “Each person is unique and may act or react differently,” Debbaudt said. “It’s difficult for me to use the word ‘will.’ If I say people with autism ‘will do this,’… Continue reading →

Genetics make up just small portion of cancer causes

Associated Press/U.S. National Cancer Institute photo -- Humans have 46 chromosomes, as seen in the image from the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Each chromosome contains genes, but genes comprise only 2 percent of DNA. But many worry that those genes could lead to a cancer diagnosis.

From pollution to processed foods, we worry that much of modern life causes cancer. For many, the scariest cause of cancer is the one we cannot change — the genes that make up who we are. But cancers caused by a gene inherited from your family make up only 5 to 10 percent of… Continue reading →